Together with four* others, Elias Coll Tara was part of the first Colombian FIFA referees in 1950. Coll Tara stayed on the FIFA panel until the end of season 1963/64.
He was the referee of the first professional football match in Colombia. The very first goal in that match was a penalty, the first professional penalty in Colombia. (In that match there also must have been the first professional throw-in and the first professional foul etc).
Those four were: Jose Antonio Sundheim, Humberto Bonell, Benjamin Caicedo and Arturo Alarca.
- Elias Coll Tara's son Marcos Coll was a player for Barranquila and the Colombian Olympic team. His grandsons also seem to play, maybe they can send us a picture of their abuelo when they read this.....
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